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Mar13. on my 2016 PIU there is an additional stabilizer/anti-sway bar for the rear of the vehicle and it appears to be a blocker for doing 3rd row seating. I think there’s a thread on here where someone has removed the bar and added the 3rd row - but that’s just from memory of having seen something a few months ago. After reading that I’d have to remove the anti-sway bar for the rear I decided that I prefer only 2 rows of seats. Besides I’ve got no kiddos to load up.
And something that I did find interesting is the thread for adding headrests to the 2d row... once things get cleared up a little and/or local yards open back up I’m going to snag a set and add them - great explanations.
This is a great forum and lots of great help and many experienced people here to help with just about anything.
I’ve been loving my 2016... the only issue that I’ve had was the PTU failing (sounds like rocks being tumbled in a large foldgers can, but if it had to go I’m glad it went out ~500 miles before my warranty ran out on the part.
EDIT (03/20): In the process of re-re-uploading photos thanks to TinyURL going under. Since there is apparently a 10-image limit, the original post will have to be broken up in to three parts to accommodate the original 30 photos. At the moment, the 2nd & 3rd posts are on the second page of...
There is another user on here that beat me to removing the 3rd row seats and in his comments gave me some ideas of what I needed to do. I just finished the job of removing the third row as well as the 3rd row seat belts and it really was not as bad as I thought it would be. Why Ford insists...
After just completing the swap of the second row and third in my 18 PIU, it can be done and is pretty straight forward.
You will need to be sure you get the seatbelts with hardware for the third row and tap the bolt holes as they are not threaded Remove the interior quarter trim, pull the rear frame bracing, and the seats bolt right in, just be sure to get all the of brackets and hardware. To button it up and make it look complete you will need to get a new trunk trim scuff plate, compact rear spare tire & cover, and the carpet around the spare wheel well. Just be aware the rubber floor stops at the second row so there is no floor covering get back there, and the stock vinyl seat does not flip forward so its not easy getting back there and recommended to swap out the second row as well, your passengers will thank you as the civilian seats are much more comfortable.
I was lucky and found a junk yard 10 mins from that had a 2013 (I wanted leather, but this had black cloth that matches the fronts pretty well and were in great shape) and got both second row, third row, all hardware brackets, carpet, spare tire and trim I needed from the junkyard for $300, & $60 for the seats belts offline.
Here are a few pics during the process, and my little helper. (Was only testing out the seats)